Toasted Coconut Banana Cream Pie

I think I’ve up-ed the banana cream pie game a little here. By adding coconuts! Isn’t that genius?! No? Cause everyone is doing this? Oh! WHATEVER!!!

I made an extra mini pie crust last time when I was making this amazingly delicious mango lime cream tart. The crust had been sitting in the freezer for a few days until I decided to fill it with banana cream filling. Honestly I can’t pick which one I enjoy more, graham cracker crust or this toasted coconut crust. The pie filling goes equally well with both. I think it’s just the matter of how you like coconuts.

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Mango Lime Cream Tart with Coconut Crust

Sometimes I do think canned fruit works better than fresh ones. Here is what you have to do when it comes to puree mango – peel, dice, pit, puree and my least favourite step – strain the mango to make sure it’s very smooth. I don’t really mind about making mess in the kitchen because I do a pretty good job cleaning it up afterwards. And I do believe sometimes making a mess is making good food.

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Chocolate Ganache Tart

This tart happened in our house twice last week.

One of my friends texted me and asked for a fool-proof chocolate dessert recipe for a non-baker. She’s hosting a dinner gathering and planning to serve a crowd-pleasing dessert. She would like to hear something like “Did you make this? WOW!” when that dessert is put on the table. She didn’t want cupcakes because it’s a little too birthday-ish. By the way, I don’t believe there is a thing as too birthday-ish. No cakes too as it sounds too intimating for her to make one. So tarts or pies!

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Tart

Sometimes I have a craving for puff pastry. I would take that roll of frozen puff pastry from the freezer, try my very best to flatten it without waiting an hour or two for it to thaw, bake it in the oven, then eat it plain or with some jam or powder sugar when it’s still hot. Craziness!

Can I just bake it unrolled? Hmmm…good thinking!

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Lemon Meringue Shortbread Tartlets

School was over. Kids are off to their summer holiday. Just two weeks in, we are experiencing a burning heat wave. How burning? Like I wake up in the morning, brush my teeth and I am already sweaty. This hot! Yesterday the thermometer on our patio was pointing at 37C at 3pm. I have no idea how we are going to do with this for the next two months.

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